Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) has introduced a new category entitled LMP3 (Le Mans prototype 3) which will run starting 2015 onwards.

Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) has introduced a new category entitled LMP3 (Le Mans prototype 3) which will run starting 2015 onwards.

It was simultaneously launched in Austria at the Red Bull Ring and in South Korea at Inje Autopia and will take part in next year's European and Asian Le Mans Series which both include LMP2 cars.

All eligible vehicles must feature a carbon chassis with a closed cockpit with FIA safety certification and a longitudinal shark fin. The car's width regulation will be carried over from LMP1 / LMP2 cars while the overall length will be approximately 6 inches (15 cm) shorter and the curb weight must be between 870 to 900 kg (1918 to 1984 lbs).

LMP3 cars will be equipped with a V8 engine delivering around 420 bhp (313 kW) and fitted with an engine management system provided by Magneti Marelli. Oreca will be in charge of the race support and the tire size will be quite similar to those used in the Porsche Cup.

The car's price must not exceed 195,000 EUR (135,000 EUR for chassis + 60,000 EUR for engine) while the estimated running costs for a full European Le Mans Series (ELMS) season should be between 350,000 to 400,000 EUR. LMP3 cars are expected to be around two seconds faster on most circuits in comparison to LM GTEs.

Further details can be found in the attached press release.

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